Republican Gov. Robert Bentley could face criminal prosecution after the commission found probable cause that he broke ethics and campaign finance law in a sex-tinged scandal that has engulfed him for more than a year.
Florida lawmakers advanced a measure that could make it easier to avoid prosecution in deadly shootings and other use-of-force cases by seeking immunity on self-defense grounds under the state's pioneering "stand your ground" law. The measure would shift the burden of proof from defendants to prosecutors when the law is invoked to avoid trial.
Arkansas' parole board recommended that Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson extend clemency to one of eight inmates scheduled to die in an unprecedented series of double-executions this month. Hutchinson, who is not bound by the board's finding, can intervene at any time before the execution begins.
Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s latest bid to expand Virginia’s Medicaid program died on a party-line vote in the House of Delegates. But Republican opponents left open the option of finding other ways to “close the coverage gap” for uninsured Virginians.
The House passed a bill that would allow South Carolina residents to carry a gun, openly or concealed, without getting a weapons permit.
More than 8,000 drivers for ride-hailing companies have been denied licenses to operate in Massachusetts under a new state background check process. The most common reasons were suspended licenses or not having driven long enough to qualify. But 51 were rejected for sex-related crimes.
The Texas House gave initial approval to a bill that would crowdfund money from Texans to deal with a state backlog of thousands of untested rape kits. The legislation would give people applying for or renewing their driver’s licenses an option to donate $1 or more toward testing.
The Iowa House voted to outlaw the practice in most cases after 20 weeks of pregnancy with no exceptions for rape, incest or fatal fetal anomalies. The bill, which now returns to the Senate, also includes a required 72-hour waiting period before a woman could have an abortion.
Current Nebraska law requires childhood victims of sexual assault to file lawsuits against their abusers by the time they turn 33 years old. The bill backed by the Legislature would remove the statute of limitations, and apply it retroactively to many past cases of abuse.
West Virginia’s two greyhound racing tracks, among the last in the U.S., could soon be out of business. Lawmakers sent Democratic Gov. Jim Justice a bill that would end a $14 million state subsidy that benefits breeders and handlers at the tracks.
Under a House bill, Hawaii drivers arrested on a repeat DUI offense would have to agree to stop drinking alcohol for at least 90 days and wear an ankle bracelet that would alert a private company if they have a drink. Offenders would have to pay for the device, which could cost about $360 a month.
The House passed a measure that would ban Oregon landlords from evicting renters without cause in many instances and give cities in the state the freedom to adopt their own rent-control policies.
This isn’t a last call for 3.2 beer, but Kansas, Minnesota and Utah soon may be the last markets for grocery sales of low alcohol-content beer unless they join other states in allowing grocers to sell strong beer. Colorado and Oklahoma will allow it within the next two years.